Yakubu Govon celebrates his 86th birthday today

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020, Under: News

Yakubu Govon celebrates his 86th birthday today

General Yakubu “Jack” Dan-Yumma Gowon (born October 19, 1934) was the former head of state (head of the federal military government) of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975.

He ruled in Nigeria’s deadly civil war, which claimed the lives of nearly 3 million people, most of whom were civilians. He came to power after a military coup and was overthrown in another. During his reign, the government of Nigeria managed to prevent Biafran’s secession during the civil war (1967-70).


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